Dell sure made an unexpected comeback to the Android manufacturing business with the Venue 7 and Venue 8 budget-friendly tablets, but that’s not all the Texans have in store for portable PC lovers this fall.
The resurrected Venue family (still confused as to why Dell decided to rehash the branding) will apparently be comprised of four members, two of which run out-the-box Windows 8.1.
The petite variant, confusingly named Venue 8 Pro, has actually been showcased before, though the specs and features were unclear, whereas the gargantuan 11-incher is only now making a public debut under the… Venue 11 Pro moniker. Now that’s just wrong!
Anyhoo, you’re probably more interested in what the Pro slates bring to the table, which in a nutshell is portability and affordability on the one hand and a great amount of power and productivity on the other.
Venue 8 Pro’s first ace up its sleeve is obvious from a first glance, as the tab weighs in at a modest 400 grams while measuring 8.9 mm in thickness. And the overall “package” is not flimsy either, plus you do get a decent amount of heat beneath the hood for the $299 price tag.
Namely, an Intel Bay Trail processor, which we all know is both fast and easy on the battery, 2 gigs of RAM, 32 GB of on-board storage (there’s a 64 GB variant too) and, most importantly, full Windows 8.1, i.e. not the RT crap of the now defunct XPS 10.
As for the 11 Pro, this is for all intents and purposes one of the most technically impressive Windows 8.1 portable machines, coming in both Bay Trail and Haswell (up to Core i5) configurations. All variants sport Full HD (1,920 x 1,080 pix res) IPS screens, plenty of connectivity options (HDMI, microSD, NFC, etc.), 8 MP rear cameras (whoa), as well as support for up to 8 gigs of RAM and 256 GB of SSD storage.
And I’ve actually saved the best for last. Dell’s Venue 11 Pro features a user removable battery (whaaaat?) and comes with three, count’em three optional keyboard docks that can seamlessly transform it in the high-end ultrabook your living room so badly craves for.
The cherry on top is the entry-level 11-incher only costs 500 bucks, although you’ll clearly have to go much higher if you want all that Dell can offer you in the speed and functionality fields.